By The Associated Press

Gregory Schneider of Tucson has won a trip to space in celebration of the Seattle Space Needle's 50th anniversary.

He beat out five finalists in Seattle this week for some final competitions and was announced as the winner on Wednesday.

The final challenge was a Wednesday morning race around the outer ring of the Space Needle roof. They were wearing a harness for safety reasons. The Space Needle is 605 feet tall and was constructed for the 1962 World's Fair.

Schneider defeated Sara Cook from Washington, D.C., for the grand prize. Former astronaut Buzz Aldrin announced the winner of a sub-orbital trip into space.

About 50,000 people entered the contest, which was narrowed though videos posted online for public voting.